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Kuwait contributes $30 million to UNHCR’s operations in Yemen

HE Jamal Al-Ghuneim presents a $30 million cheque to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi for UNHCR’s operation in Yemen/UNHCR.

KUWAIT CITY, July 14: The State of Kuwait has made a generous contribution of $30 million to UNHCR’s operations in Yemen. The contribution will benefit hundreds of thousands of men, women and children affected by the crisis in the country through the provision of essential humanitarian aid and protection services for refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, commended the State of Kuwait’s long-standing humanitarian solidarity, noting “we remain grateful to the leadership, government and people of Kuwait for their unshaken generosity to the forcibly displaced. Men, women and children around the world, whether asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced, are in dire need of support. This timely donation from Kuwait will enable UNHCR to significantly alleviate the suffering of those affected by one of the world’s most devastating crises.”

In addition to the more than 2 million internally displaced people and 950,000 internally displaced returnees, there are almost 280,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers, the majority of whom originate from Somalia and Ethiopia. “This contribution will have a direct impact on their lives and living conditions through the provision of direct humanitarian assistance and protection as they continue to show unshakeable resilience in the face of one of the most critical humanitarian crises in the region,” Grandi added. This contribution brings Kuwait’s contribution to UNHCR, over the last five years, to almost $400 million for UNHCR’s operations around the globe, demonstrating Kuwait’s role as a major humanitarian donor in the region and globally.

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